The medical imaging equipment industry utilizes a
complex international supply chain to manufacture
and maintain specialized and complex imaging devices,
including computed tomography (CT), magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography
(PET), ultrasound, and X-ray technologies. These devices
– which are all FDA regulated– are highly sophisticated
pieces of capital equipment and a key part of the global
marketplace. In the U.S., these finished products guide
treatment decisions for millions of Americans every year for everything from simple bone fractures to highly
MANUFACTURING MEDICAL IMAGING
EQUIPMENT REQUIRES A SKILLED AND
SOPHISTICATED SUPPLIER NETWORK.
Imaging supply chains are multi-tiered with dozens
(or more) suppliers from multiple countries that
contribute to the manufacturing of one machine.
Each supplier and source in the supply chain is key to
the development of the final product.
It is common for component parts to be imported
from a manufacturer in one country to their
manufacturing facility in another country, where they
are substantially transformed, re-exported, or sold.
Some machines, such as those that utilize positron
emission tomography (PET), require minerals and
other rare materials that can only be sourced from
specific geographic areas.